*The information below is correct at 5pm on Tuesday 3rd November and will be updated as and when further information is available and/or updated advice is received.*
At Pontefract Racecourse the safety and welfare of our visitors, racegoers, participants and team is paramount. We are keeping up to date with the latest information and advice from the Government and the British Horseracing Authority and have a team ready to implement recommended actions.
Race Meetings Behind Closed Doors
We held 10 race meetings 'behind closed doors' at Pontefract in 2020.
We hope that we will be able to welcome back spectators once again for our 2021 racing season but will issue updates during the Winter when further information is available. The 2021 season is due to start at Pontefract on Easter Tuesday 6th April 2021.
When will the first meeting at Pontefract take place that the public can attend?
While race meetings are 'behind closed doors' there will be no members of the public in attendance.
The 2021 racing season gets underway in April 2021 and we hope that we will have racegoers back with us then.
What if I have already purchased raceday admission tickets?
All bookings for raceday tickets and badges for the 2020 racing season that were made through the Pontefract Racecourse website or over the phone with the Racecourse team have been refunded in their entirety.
Customers who have purchased through third parties should contact that organisation.
Tickets for 2021 will be on sale when there is updated advice as to when crowds may be able to return.
What if I have a restaurant booking or have a private hospitality box?
You will have the option of either:
- A full refund
- Transferring your booking to the corresponding race meeting in 2021 subject to availability.
What will happen if I’m an annual badge holder?
All Annual Badge Holders have been contacted directly - if you have not received a letter from us regarding information on transferring your badge to 2021, please call us on 01977 781307.
Non raceday conferences and events
Pontefract Racecourse will continue to follow advice from World Health Organisation (WHO) and Public Health England.
In 2021 at Pontefract, we are scheduled to have 16 race meetings with something for everyone!
Why not bring the family to one of our 3 Family Sundays? While each Sunday race meeting has a unique, exciting theme, they all also have a circus, clowns, kids rides, pony rides, face painting and even free sweets for the kids!
Our Family Sundays in 2021 are:
Sunday 20th June
Sunday 25th July
Sunday 15th August
We also have 3 evening meetings to try too. Our two Friday Evening race meetings will both have live music and lots going on! They're on Friday eve 28th May and Friday Eve 16th July
Our third evening fixture is on Monday Eve 7th June
On 4th August we have our Annual Ladies Day too!
Browse through our Fixtures and Theme Days to pick your favourites!
Whatever your choice, there is something for everyone!
The 9 Yorkshire Racecourses, under the umbrella of 'Go Racing in Yorkshire', have recently commissioned a study into the Economic Impact of horseracing in Yorkshire.
If you'd be interested in reading more, please click here.
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